When it comes to buying resin, there are so many choices! Choosing one seems like it should be the easiest part of your project, but it suddenly becomes the hardest, and you are worried about using the wrong product and getting less than perfect results.
Or maybe you’ve already tried making things with resin only to find your project cured sticky, soft or flexible. You might have a finish with surface holes and pits. Or worst of all, you have a project full of bubbles.
I’ve been there. I remember when I started creating with resin and would randomly pick one and hoped it would work. Sometimes it did, but sometimes it didn’t. Even more frustrating to me was that I had no idea why.
Let me share a secret with you that took me years and several failed projects to learn —
There is no one size fits all resin!
What may work for one project may produce disastrous results in the next.
Now that you have the guide, it’s time to choose the formula you need for your project.
Before you buy a resin, ask yourself if you are filling a space or coating a surface?
If you are filling a space, you need to use a casting resin. If you are coating a surface, you need to use a doming resin?
Uh, say what? Like I’ve never heard anyone else talk about that.
Yeah, I get it. No one told me about it either and I had to fail at several projects before I realized what the difference was and why it’s important.
So what’s the difference between the formulas? Like what makes one good for using in molds, but not ideal for coating a countertop?
Casting resins mix in a thin viscosity, which makes them perfect to fill molds and spaces in wood river tables. They release bubbles easily and cure durable. Their downside is that they don’t coat surfaces well, meaning if you use them on a painting or tumbler, you’re going to get holes and fish eyes.
Doming resins mix thicker and do a great job of self-leveling on surfaces like paintings, tumblers, jewelry blanks, tiles, countertops, and more. Because they mix thick, they hang onto bubbles which is why you should pour them in layers of more than 1/8 inch deep.
Now that you know there is a difference between formulas, decide if you need a casting or doming resin.
From there, choose your specific product based upon the nuances of what you need for your project. Some of the things you need to consider are
*minimum and maximum mixing amounts
*working time (also known as pot time)
For the formulas sold in the Resin Obsession store, we’ve got all that information for you in our resin buying guide.
Here are some other things that you should know to ensure you have success:
1. This industry has its own language. Here is a link to common epoxy crafting terms.
2. Your work area needs to be warm so the resin fully cures. Here’s some advice on what temperature you should be mixing your epoxy.
3. Exact measuring and proper mixing are essential to success. Here’s how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
4. Each kit has its own directions. Follow them carefully.
5. Dispose of mixed and unmixed liquids properly. Here are some tips on how to dispose of resin.
Want some live training on choosing a resin for your next project? Pull up a chair and get ready to take some notes.
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